Key things you need to know about fleas and how they affect your dog.

Key things you need to know about fleas and how they affect your dog.

The facts about fleas

  • A flea starts feeding on blood within 5 minutes

    When a flea jumps onto a pet, it will start feeding within 5 minutes and may suck blood for up to 2½ hours.

  • A single flea lays 40 to 50 eggs a day

    Each female flea can produce 40 to 50 eggs a day.
    That's up to 2,000 in a lifetime, infesting your home and your dog's environment.

  • An adult flea can live for 2 months

    A single flea can live on a dog for almost 2 months providing ongoing irritation.

  • Fleas are stubborn and hard to remove

    Flea larvae burrow deep into bedding and carpet - thorough, regular vacuuming and cleaning of pet’s bedding is recommended.

  • 8 weeks or more to remove flea populations in the environment

    Once a flea infestation has been established it can take up to 8 or more weeks to eradicate it.

Tips for preventing fleas

  • If you've had a flea infestation in your home, you'll never want to have one again. To stop repeat infestations, you need to break the flea life cycle once and for all.

  • Apply Bravecto

    Bravecto provides 3 months protection against fleas and kills newly emerged adult fleas before they lay eggs.

  • Use the Bravecto reminder tool

    Register for our convenient reminder to help ensure you don’t miss a dose.

  • Target flea hideouts

    Wash all your pet’s bedding at a high temperature. Vacuum your carpets and furniture to remove eggs, larvae and pupae that may be present and discard the vacuum cleaner bag.

Identifying fleas

The world is host to over 2,000 species of flea, and they’re a problem almost everywhere. Most common is Ctenocephalides felis, the "cat flea". Despite its name, the cat flea affects both dogs and cats, and wildlife such as possums - and can be unpleasant for pet owners, too. Most dogs will pick up fleas often throughout their lifetime. Even pets that never go outdoors are at risk from fleas that can find their way into their home.

Life cycle of a flea

Click through all stages of the flea life cycle to learn more.

Flea Eggs

Eggs

Female fleas lay eggs while on your dog and can produce 40 to 50 eggs a day, leaving them to fall off your dog and all over your home. Each egg can hatch into larvae in as little as 1 to 10 days, and as many as 30% will develop into adults.

Flea Larvae

Larvae

Flea larvae live in carpets, fabrics, and small crevices in your dog’s environment. They feed on adult flea faeces and organic material they find until they’re ready to develop into pupae.

Tick Nymph

Pupae

Pupae develop into adult fleas inside tiny cocoons. Here they can stay dormant for long periods and come out in response to heat, carbon dioxide and movement.

Adult Flea

Adult Flea

Once on your pet, adult fleas spend the rest of their lives there, feeding and laying eggs that infest your home within a matter of days.

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How to check for fleas

  • Step 1.

    Regularly checking for fleas should be part of routine pet care.

  • Step 2.

    Try parting the coat near the base of the tail using your hands or a flea comb and look for movement. Most fleas grow to about the size of a pinhead and will move or jump when disturbed.

  • Step 3.

    Even if you don’t see any fleas, have a look for dark, pepper-like particles on the surface of your pet’s skin and coat. These may be ‘flea dirt’, which are flea droppings.

  • Step 4.

    You can easily confirm this by dabbing some of this material with a wet paper towel or cotton ball. If you see dark reddish brown or orange swirls, this is flea dirt and confirms that the pet has fleas. If you suspect fleas are present, talk to your vet about treatment with Bravecto.

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